Top 8 Running Accessories Android

This list of Top 8 accessories will be reserved for those fitness product that are geared towards runners. Or, those that work out regularly by running rather than hitting the gym. It’s still cold at the moment where we are, so there was a temptation here to fill the list with things that keep you warm as well as keep you connected, but we decided against that in the end. Of course, running accessories could refer to many different kind of products, from armbands that are designed to hold your Android device to activity trackers that are supposed to report things like the distance you have covered, your overall speed, that kind of thing. This list will bring those products together in a single place, hopefully offering an array of different smart accessories that can be used in tandem with your Android device in order to make your running sessions easier. Check out our picks for the Top 8 running accessories below and then suggest your own picks in the comments section!

8. Runtastic Orbit ($90.04)

If, like me, you regularly rely on one of Runtastic’s excellent fitness apps in order to track your fitness movements and activities, then making the jump to a Runtastic accessory like the Orbit seems like the logical step. The fitness tracker will keep track of your steps, the minutes you have been active, calories burned, sleep cycles and your individual fitness goals. The Orbit is called as such because it tracks everything in a cycical fashon, and does so all day long: there are even ways to monitor the ambient light levels in your room which is great for sleep tracking. The device allows you to set multiple alarms to get you up in the morning in the healthiest way possible. It really is one of the most comprehensive activity trackers out there, and is designed for you to use it every minute of the day.  – Buy from Amazon

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7. SPIbelt ($22.95)

There is another waist belt that we came across when researching items for this list and one we liked a lot, but more on that below. The SPIbelt is another wait carrier but is a lightweight, minimal one that is designed for maximum comfort and none of those annoying moments where your fancy accessory of choice simply gets in the way of your running motion. The best thing about the SPIbelt is that it really is a belt rather than just a pack, meaning that it stays tight and doesn’t move around while you run. It’s a great place to tuck your smartphone away on those long runs where comfort becomes all importnt, and only costs around $20, too. – Buy from Amazon

6. Garmin Vivofit ($49.99)

French brand Garmin made their name with in car GPS devices, but has since become a leading name in fitness trackers such as this mode, the Garmin Vivofit. Many of these fitness trackers have their own little idiosyncratic features that set them apart from others, and the Vivofit has a nice little touch with its “move bar”. This is basically a bar that will show up on the digital display once you’ve been inactive for an hour, as such encouraging you to move around even if you’re stuck at the office. An additional move bar will light up for each 15 minutes of inactivity, meaning you have to spend more time walking around in order to get rid of them. It’s a nice, and not particularly invasive way of reminding you to stay active throughout the day. – Buy from Amazon

5. Nathan 5K ($18.77)

There’s no getting around it: the Nathan 5K Belt is a simply a glorified fanny pack, but that doesn’t stop it from being one of the most comfortable of the running accesories we tried out. If you don’t use headphones when running like me, then you won’t feel the need for a smartphone armband case, and as such this makes a lot more sense. It’s safe and secure, and allows you to tuck away not just your smartphone but also keys and credit card, for example, which is always nice to have on you just in case. The Nathan 5K Belt is relatively affordable, and allows you to store a lot more than your typical fitness armband case, but it does feel less natural carrying one of these than carrying something strapped to your arm. – Buy from Amazon

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4. Withings Pulse 02 ($92.99)

The Withings Pulse O2 is another marvelous fitness tracker for Android users, allowing you to track a range of different things such as steps, elevation, distance, the average speed you have been running and the calories you have burned in the process. Like many of these running accessories and fitness trackers, you can wear it on a clip or on your wrist depending on what you prefer. You can browse your activity history on the device, not the app which is something that may interest some users. And Withings makes a great range of health products such as smart scales and blood pressure monitors, all of which can be used in tandem with this one to monitor your fitness levels in the best way possible. They also communicate with over 100 health and fitness partner apps, so chances are the app you use for fitness stuff will be able to communicate with your Withings device. – Buy from Amazon

3. Belkin Slim-Fit ($22.46)

Belkin has a nice little range of phone armbands and carriers, all of which are slightly different and designed for different needs and uses. The most popular of which are probably the Belkin EaseFit and Belkin SlimFit, which are fairly self explanatory when you’re considering the differences betwen each. The main difference I found between Belkin’s products and the others we tried is that there just seemed to be less bounce and jostle with these ones. Perhaps it was the material or straps used or simply the way the product is designed, but even when not tight the Belkin SlimFit remains in place without jumping around too much. – Buy from Amazon

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2. Jawbone UP ($42.66)

The Jawbone UP has been improved with their slimmer UP 24 version, but we at Top 8 are still huge fans of this particular model. It’s really great in terms of connectivity and compatibility, supported by a range of different apps such as those by Runkeeper and also MyFitnessPal. The device is relatively slim and subtle, fitting neatly around the wrist and silently tracking your steps, the exercise and calories burned, the hours you sleep and more importantly the quality of your sleep. – Buy from Amazon

1. Fitbit Flex ($79.00)

The Fitbit Flex remains one of our favorite fitness trackers for use with mobile devices, and part of the reason we love it so much is its minimalist design. The tracker is small and lightweight without even a proper display, which some might see as a downside but why use a display when you can check all of your info and readouts through the app of your choice once you’ve finished your running session. The device will allow you to track the steps you take throughout the day, the distance you have traveled and how many calories you have burned. It’s also excellent when it comes to monitoring sleep quality! – Buy from Amazon

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